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Location: Rural Victoria, Australia
Current time: January 2018
Term One: January 30th-March 29th

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Keeley Monroe

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  1. It had been a very bizarre turn of events. The fact was that she did not believe Grant was capable of this thing he had been accused of. She knew they were not allowed to touch but Grant didn’t seem to mind breaking the rule and she smiled at him. ”I’ve missed you too, I have to work all of them in the barn by myself now, it takes me way too long.” She smiled at him. She missed him for more than just that. She had found she loved him by complete surprise. Most of this relationship had been a surprise, all were good until she had aurors at her door explaining what had happened. she had been at the barn and they had upset the animals. ”I’m okay, I just miss you. Nana wanted to come but she’s not been walking too well.” She was getting older and some of the older injuries were coming back with a vengeance. ”She sent me with your favorites.” She said of the crumbled cookies. ”they had to search them.” She frowned. ”they still should taste okay.” She said. Letting out a sigh she looked him over. ”Are you okay? I’ve been so worried.’
  2. It had been a little surreal. Keeley had not known what to expect It was the first time she had been allowed to see him since the arrest. She had been at the ministry when he was arrested, she had tried to see him, she had tried to do what she could anyway. Her parents had been rather displeased with her choice in future husband especially after the arrest but her nana had been there with her. Nana had sent her with some cookies for him. They had searched the cookies, some had been smashed and she was looking a pretty pathetic plate of cookies in front of her. They had searched her for werapons, she had to leave her wand and they had various things that would counteract spells and make her rather uncomfortable if she tried them. Keeley was a rebel, but she wouldn’t have done something quite so silly. It was crazy they had managed to meet at all, she had gone to Penrose while he was at Tally. She sighed as she sat there. She didn’t want to cry- but she was worried about him. She was worried about him in this place. He was so much brighter than this place. She looked up as they led him in and she put on a smile. ”hey baby.”
  3. Keeley gave a throaty chuckle at the way the pony had taken to the apples. ”I see he is starved” She said, teasing the young girl. Keeley was sure that her new friend took very good care of the pony. They could easily manipulate you into thinking they had not eaten. Mr. Peete ws aa fan of second breakfast. She smiled. Wiping her hand on her pants she turned her attentions back to the conversation. ”No? Well he is still very lovely. That is fairly fortunate you get to ride. That was always my escape from my mother… she is quite overbearing.” She said with a smile. Overbearing was an understatement. It was a rather obnoxious. That had been the nice thing about riding, she could just go and not worry about the way things were. She smiled at the memories of her earliest rides, full of angst and confusion. They had managed to keep her sane when she was ready to go insane most of the time. Her parents could be so pretentious. Still, they were just a bunch of fakers. ”That makes sense… Well, I have a ranch, if you ever want a place to ride, its on the outskirts but its not far from the school.” She offered. Keeley loved to have company at the ranch. Especially when she needed someone to ride with. ”I mean of course if you want, there is no pressure.” The bubbly blonde smiled. ”My sweet Peete. I take in rescues, magical and non magical. Peete is a warmblood.” She ran her hand along his silky neck. ”He came to me about 6 months ago we are working on getting him to a point where we can adopt him out.” She said. She happened to love when they found new homes with good people. ”I have several breeds at the barn, I personally have two Knabstruppers.” ”I have to agree Friesians are beautiful.” She said with a smile. She did thinkt hey were absolutely stunning.
  4. The Monroe family was always one of good breeding, they are an older line and one that did not really mix any of the others unless they found is absolutely necessary. Because of this they were always thought of as odd. Though it was just the typical family secrets they kept. Jamison and Lisbeth were destined for one another per their families. They did end up being rather well matched. Lisbeth always thought of herself as needing a man of a certain breeding and mannerism and Jamison happened to be that man. While he was pleased he found a woman of such talent and beauty. While things were not always perfect they did manage to find happiness with one another. They also did their duty and procreated. They had three boys before they finally had a girl. Lisbeth always wanted a lady, but instead she got a tomboy. The boys were always in and out of trouble at school as well as with the ministry. However with the money the family had they did their best to cover up what thr boys were up to. Keeley tended to be trouble as well but more small time trouble She would roll her skirt to high and talk about breaking the patriarchy, enough to make the family cringe when someone called them about what their daughter said. Mostly because they were concerned that people would poke around and find out they were not what they claimed to be. Their line was not as pure as they claimed and it was something they have successfully hid, but with the way Keeley spoke about things they worried she might just let it slip. Keeley however didn’t and she found that even while she was trying to make trouble she did find herself enjoying the care of magical creatures classes. She also enjoyed any sort of equestrian adventures. Her grandmother Monroe was a ribbon earning Dressage Rider and Keeley found that she loved the animals and didn’t mind the work, even though she was relatively lazy. Maybe it was because she found something she liked to do. Keeley took the money her grandmother gave her, after she graduated and she opened Second Chance Ranch, where she keeps magical and muggle creatures who need homes, she mostly has magical horse like and muggle horses on the ranch right now. She does have other sections of the ranch that keep other creatures and she offers respite for those who may need a few weeks before they can transition to their next location. Keeley often employs youth to work on the ranch and offers some other programs for the care of magical creatures classes to come and volunteer for class credit.
  5. Mr. Peete was nudging her for more treats and she shook her head at him before both of their attentions were drawn to something else. Another horse was approaching and she smiled as Mr. Peete stamped and tossed his head. Showing off for their company. She shook her head once again at the horse. He could be such a ham. However she did love the big creature quite a bit. She wondered if he would be one that found their forever home with her. She smiled at the girl and the approaching horse who seemed all too happy to have spotted company. Mr. Peete nickered his own greeting. ”Hi” she said brightly. She was always rather cheerful, especially after a ride, and in the company of other animal lovers. ”I’m Keeley.” She held her hand to her chest and then angled her body towards the horse. ”This is Mr. Peete.” The horse was rather sassy today and he tossed his head again. ”He is a rather delightful show off.” She said with a small smile. he nudge her and she laughed at the horse for a moment. ”It’s nice to run into another rider. I don’t seem to ruin into too many.” She said with a smile. It was not something she was worried about but it was nice. That and she liked to know that there were others out there. Maybe she would even be interested in the ranch. Not that she was pushy about it, she could just use some hands once in a while. She smiled. Are you enjoying your ride?”- She asked as she took out an apple slice. ”Is it alright if Snowy has one.” She asked. It was not always a bad thing. She smiled. ”A beautiful horse you have there. Where’s your barn?” She was curious as to where she had come from. Keeley liked to be able to network a bit and tap into other resources. It was good for the creatures and good for herself as well. She might go crazy talking to animals all day.
  6. Sometimes, well, most times, Mr. Peete was stubborn. Today happened to be one of those days. Letting out a small sigh as the stubborn horse refused to move. There was nothing more humbling than riding a horse. They forced you to reflect on yourself, to take stock of your emotions and to recognize when you pushed too hard. Today was that day for Peete. Groaning as she slid oud of the saddle she looked at the horse who was happy enough to stand and look for something to eat or drink, or both. He stomped his foot and she shook her head at him. ”I know you big baby.” He had been one of the more difficult ones, she had been focused on working with him in order to get him to a point where he could be trusted to go to a new home. It was not the most glamorous, but she worked hard to ensure they had a decent chance to be chosen. Those who were harder to work with ended up living with her. Not that she minded. She actually quite liked the ones who stayed with her. She seemed to understand them, she didn’t really fit in her with her family these days either. Looking at the horse as he stamped again she sighed. ”We aren’t going anywhere stomp all you want.” She said as he tossed his head and seemed to relax a little. The anxiety that rippled though his muscles seemed to relax. She had pushed him and now she had to relax while he got it in his mind to head back to the ranch. Letting out a small sigh she moved to sit on a rock. She picked up some of the grass and started to pick it apart as she waited. The horse behind her nudged her and she laughed. ”You are such a demanding thing.” She said as she turned to look at him. She stood back up and ran her hand along his nose. ”you know we could easily have just gone home but you had to be difficult.”She said with a smile as she looked at him. ”You are not a bad boy are you? Someone is going to love you as much as I do.” She promised him and he nuzzled her. ”Oh you want the apples.” She laughed as she pulled the bag out. ”Here.” Sometimes she wished more people could feel the way she did about the creatures.
  7. Keeley laughed. ”Oh I bet that was something you didn’t want to forget either.” Keeley had never been good at faking the arrogance she was supposed to have. She simply was who she was. She was usually told she was too blunt and too up front however she thought she did an okay job of at least being somewhat humble with the animals in her care. Though she had no real option not to. She had to be humble or she would end up with broken bones. Or worse. The hands came and went during the day and sometimes she was by herself. ”It is good to be sure you do not make those mistakes more than once. Nodding. ”Oh they are, I cant ride one of my horses, I would get thrown so quickly. Or they like my wouldn’t let me on… they get skittish.” She said with a small shrug There had been something about that however. The way they could be so in tune to the way you felt. Much better than most people. Keeley had enjoyed spending time with them for that reason… of course she had come to find that people had expectations that could be unreasonable. ”Good, and don’t worry they are not too terrible, I imagine anyway. They have always been pretty good about it when they have volunteered.” She said when she looked at him. ”I can always beat them up too if they are horrible to you… if they volunteer anyway I can make it look like they were arrogant with an animal.” She said with a smile. (Keeley)
  8. Keeley had always felt welcomed where she went, not because she was, but because she had made herself welcome. She was lucky she had an inviting persona. Not everyone had that ability, she had seen it a few times. Sometimes when you were closed off it read that way to everyone. Keeley had simply enjoyed being around people too much to really care all that much about stuff that really didn’t matter in the long run. So long as people were kind and did their best she didn’t really see the harm in anything. Then again she had never understood why people had been so haughty about anything that was beyond their control. ”that is true… I mean so many animals require you to be humble in general. They can tell, its amazing. They know who is for them and who is not. Sometimes I find myself checking my bad mood when I walk in my barn not because I know I’m in a bad mood but because one them knew.” She said with a smile. She kind of appreciated that quality. She didn’t always pick the best people to hang around, she figured she should learn from her mistakes. ”Ah a big change from Europe to here… are you enjoying the weather at least?” she asked him. She always heard people comment on the weather. ”Oh yes, we do have a bit of difference. I studied pretty extensively so if you run into questions, I am by no means and expert but I can help. You should check out the reserve too. Its amazing and lots of information… I could easily help you out there too.” She smiled. ”I don’t mean to come on strong you know, but I like when I find someone who cares the way I care.” (Keeley)
  9. Keeley smiled at him. ”I would agree we are alike in many ways.” She said as she tucked a strand of hair behind her ears. She appreciated someone who at least knew what it was like to be told how to live and want to live another way desperately. It was not easy and her parents still had some reach. However, under the idea she may expose the family secrets… they allowed her to keep her ranch and all the many things that she kept there. She smiled at him. It was a good thing honestly, to have the freedom to be who she was… without the pressures of her family. Her grandmother was her hero in many ways… she also didn’t give a damn about the family. ”I love my horses, I have one now who is as stubborn as they come. It’s a reminder in humility almost daily.” She said with laugh. It was an amazing thing honestly. The way you had to be humble in order to work with these creatures. ”I have never ridden a Hippogryff, I haven’t had one in the ranch I don’t think too many people are silly enough to keep them.” It was a pretty silly thing to try to do. Keeley could house one but even she wouldn’t want to keep it long they deserved all the space they needed. ”So where did you study?” she asked she was a little curious about where he was from, if he had come from some place she thought. Keeley hated to assume. Letting out a small smile. ”I am always curious how curriculum changes… and how the differences are noted. The creatures here can be a bit… well this I s Australia.” She said with a smile. (Keeley)
  10. She was used to titles, she had one of some kind- though it had been faked and bought and was not an actual title… However no one knew this at this point anyway. She frowned a bit at the thought. No one knew that it was fake, the family money tended to distract them. Part of why she had run from the home and that way of life. It was not a bad way of life but it was not one for her. She had found the ranch had provided her with the stability and the freedom to be herself in all of the mess that seemed to make sense to her family. There was a nod of her head as she settled in and she looked over at him as he talked about keeping a horse on campus. ”I think you would have better luck here than where I went to school.” She said with a smile. Tally always seemed as though they had more fun, they had freedom and they didn’t have to wear those damn stockings she hated so much. She smiled. ”If nothing else you can bring them to ride, I have several who are great for beginners.” She said with a smile. ”and you are always more than welcome to come, I like having a partner on a ride. I was out with one of the newbies, he is sweet but absolutely stubborn and I ended up getting stuck out there waiting for him to come around. I could have used a partner on that ride…” Though someone had come along and she was not alone. ”I think its important they appreciate the non magical as much as they do the magical. There is nothing quite as humbling as riding a horse… or a hippogriff.” She said with a smile. ”I don’t think anyone has an ordinary journey with magical creatures, you know?” She had found them a rather interesting and they always managed to strike someone for a reason. She smiled at him. ”You ran away too? I didn’t leave the country but I did find a ranch as far away from the home I grew up in for a reason...” (Keeley)
  11. Looking at him she smiled. ”Please call me Keeley.” She said. She didn’t like the reference to the family name. So much had seemed like a lie for so long. It was not the family it was supposed to be according to everyone, but then again so much was never what it seemed she figured. That had been why she had wanted out of it so badly. Looking at the man in front of her she smiled. ”Alic, I feel like we can be casual with one another.” it was a good thing too the unnecessarily formal made her a little uncomfortable. She was not really the sort of person who liked being uncomfortable. ”Thank you, I enjoyed riding as a girl and then well, I loved care of magical creatures.” She explained. It only made sense to her. Letting out a small laugh she took a seat beside him. ”I hope you don’t mind.” She folded her legs as she looked at the man. ”I imagine that was likely how you decided on your profession? I mean you would have to love it to teach it right?” She assumed so anyway. She could be dead wrong, but you never knew ”Oh of course.” she said with a smile. ”I just wanted to introduce myself and let you know that my Ranch is available… and even if you don’t bring them to the ranch… you are always welcome to come by.” She smiled. "So what is your story?" She asked him. (Keeley)
  12. She smiled. ”Alic it is then.” She said as she held out a hand to introduce herself. ”Keeley Monroe.” Her family had sent her to a finishing school to ensure she had manners, and though most of the things had long been forgotten, like what fork she would eat the salad with she still remembered the basics. To look people in the eye. To shake hands firmly. And of course, no elbows on the table. However the rest did not really fit into things she needed on the day to day bases since she had moved to the ranch. They didn’t help her muck a stall or other things she had to do. She was sure her mother would die if she saw her in coveralls and duck boots. The thought made her smile inwardly. ”I came to introduce myself, and to see if you would be interested in my ranch.” She explained. ”I heard the new Professor for Care of Magical Creatures was here and I wanted to be sure to get to you before the start of term. So I apologize for just dropping in I sometimes have better intentions than I do manners.” She explained dipping her head as if to apologize for this. ”I also tend to get a little excited and when I get something in my mind… well I just sort of do it.” She said with a small sheepish smile as she thought about what to say. ”So my ranch, Second Chance Ranch… It’s on the outskirts. But I take in some of the magical creatures who need a little bit of help. I honestly have more of the equestrian like creatures with others dispersed periodically, but in the past I have offered for classes to come to the ranch to see them as well as offered volunteer opportunities for those who may be in your class.” She said with a small smile. ”If you want to come by sometime and check it out? I also have a barn of horses as well, those have all been taken out of neglectful and abusive situations so they can be a little on the testy side.” (Keeley)
  13. She had heard Tally had a new Care of Magical Creatures professor and she was determined to introduce herself to him. Start developing that relationship and hopefully have a few classes come to see her ranch and maybe get some volunteers in the process. She smiled as she walked onto the campus and smoothed the front of her shirt. She was relatively dressed up, for her anyway. It was not her usual attire when working on the ranch and she didn’t smell like horse so that was a plus. She wasn’t sure what he looked like and so she figured she may as well ask someone. It was not long before she was pointed in the direction of the courtyard. To a man playing the violin. She smiled as she listened to him enjoying the music for a moment. It reminded her of being home with her parents. The airs they put on to impress. It was not as though they needed to, but she supposed it helped them with the social climb and prevented people looking too hard at them and their family tree. Secrets and blasted faces off the tapestry told a story the Monroes would likely never survive in their climb to the top of the hierarchy. Keeley however didn’t care, she was happy on the ranch. It was soothing for her. She had not felt at home in the opulence of Monroe Manor. She smiled at him as she caught his eye. Keeley would wait for him to finish, she actually enjoyed the music. And she wanted to allow him to complete it. She moved closer as she waited and listened closing her eyes for a moment. She enjoyed the sounds of the violin. Looking at the ground for a moment looking up as the song concluded. ”You play very well.” She said with a smile. ”I am Keeley, and you are hopefully Professor Eron?” She asked. (Keeley)